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Drinking water advisory lifted in Kagawong

Tap water: the benefits and risks

A water advisory that went into effect for Kagawong on Manitoulin Island on Friday has been lifted Monday. 

Public Health Sudbury and Districts issued the water advisory late Friday night warning Kagawong residents on Manitoulin Island not to drink the water.

"Public Health issued the drinking water advisory because of a temporary loss of pressure in the municipal water system. The water has been tested to ensure its safety," the health unit said in a news release Monday.

"The bacteriological quality of the water supply has been tested with no adverse results being reported. Residents in the affected areas may notice chlorine odours and discoloured water," Burgess Hawkins, a manager with the health protection division, is quoted as saying in the news release.

Here is what to do before using the water:

  • Run cold water faucets for 5 minutes or until the water runs clear.
  • Run drinking fountains for 5 minutes before using the water or until the water runs clear.
  • Run water softeners through a regeneration cycle.
  • Drain and refill hot water heaters.
  • Large-volume users (for example, schools) may need to run cold water taps longer on first use.
  • To get rid of sediment, faucet screens should be removed, rinsed and put back in place. Top Stories

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